Concerns about the COVID-19 novel coronavirus spiked in New England this week after an employee at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, who was suspected of having the virus, ignored recommendations and attended a party rather than self-quarantining at home.
The employee, and a person with whom he came in contact at the party, have since both tested positive for coronavirus.
On Friday, officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health sought to reassure the public that, so far, the virus has been contained and is under control.
According to a report in The New York Times, the employee had recently flown back to New Hampshire from Italy. The employee had reportedly been directed to self-quarantine and did not comply, instead attending an event with Dartmouth students, during which time another person was exposed to the virus.
“We understand this causes great concern,” said Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health President and CEO Dr. Joanne Conroy on Friday,